Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (4/04/07)

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article:
Bill to curb gambling advances (The Courier-Journal, 04/03/07)

Virtual feds visit Second Life casinos (CNN International, 04/04/07)

RIT Wants to Toughen Gambling Policy (WHAM-TV, 04/04/07)

Adding poker small step in gambling (Kerrville Daily Times, 04/04/07)

4 arrested in poker raid ID’d (The Indianapolis Star, 04/04/07)

Poland to Legalize Online Poker and Online Gambling (Poker Pages, 04/04/07)

Gambling virus hurts community (Times Recorder, 04/04/07)

media:
Legalizing Poker in Texas (CBS-42, 04/03/07)

RIT Wants to Toughen Gambling Policy (WHAM-TV, 04/04/07)

Poker Superstars Join Legalization Debate (WOAI, 04/0407)

blog:
I’ll Wager On This (Nervous Rodent, 04/03/07)

excerpt:
Bill to curb gambling advances (The Courier-Journal, 04/03/07)
“Legislation aimed at cracking down on illegal gambling — particularly the video wagering machines often found in clubs, bars and truck stops — is headed to the Senate after the Rules Committee unanimously endorsed it yesterday. House Bill 1510 would pay for 25 new state excise police officers dedicated to rooting out illegal gambling and create a special state prosecutor to try the offenses when local prosecutors decline.”


Virtual feds visit Second Life casinos (CNN International, 04/04/07)
“Hundreds of casinos offering poker, slot machines and blackjack can easily be found in Second Life. While it is difficult to estimate the total size of the gambling economy in Second Life, the three largest poker casinos are earning profits of a modest $1,500 each per month, according to casino owners and people familiar with the industry. The surge in Second Life gambling coincides with a crackdown in the real world by the U.S. government, which has arrested executives from offshore gambling Web sites.”

RIT Wants to Toughen Gambling Policy (WHAM-TV, 04/04/07)
“RIT’s various student and faculty governance boards will consider the gambling ban over the next few weeks. There are worries everything from Xbox tournaments to charity poker games will no longer be allowed. “What the institution is trying to do is to be proactive about preventing these gambling habits, but at the same time they’re going to sacrifice student activities,” said junior Ed Wolf. RIT officials would not comment on the proposal, saying they prefer to wait until the policy is in its final form. That will take about a month.”

Adding poker small step in gambling (Kerrville Daily Times, 04/04/07)
“During the 2006 Gubernatorial elections, gambling served as a talking point for candidates Kinky Friedman and Carole Keeton Strayhorn and current Gov. Rick Perry. Friedman and Strayhorn both noted the revenue drawn away from Texas by those states that offer legalized gambling including Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.”

4 arrested in poker raid ID’d (The Indianapolis Star, 04/04/07)

“This is the second raid of a poker club in Indianapolis as police continue a crackdown on illegal gambling, which Scheffel said would continue indefinitely. “I’m told this is an ongoing work in progress.” In March, three people were arrested and 60 were cited in a raid of a Texas Hold ’em poker game at the Indianapolis Pinnacle Club, 3900 block of Pendleton Way, a poker club believed to have been frequented by police officers. An investigation of that operation is continuing.”

Poland to Legalize Online Poker and Online Gambling (Poker Pages, 04/04/07)
“Poland is planning to introduce regulations to license and tax online gambling similar to those in Italy, according to a recent article in the Polish newspaper, The Warsaw Voice, signaling that European markets continue to open up for online poker and online gambling. Poland’s decision follows the favorable ruling for online poker and online gambling in the Placanica case by the European Court of Justice (ECoJ) in March.”

Gambling virus hurts community (Times Recorder, 04/04/07)
“There is a virus abroad in our town, a contagious virus that is spreading and infecting more and more of our children, youth and adults. This virus has no elaborate Latin name, just a common English one: “gambling.” More and more arcades and “skill game parlors” are spring up. Christian churches and long-established community organizations dedicated to the nurture and character-building of our children and youth are scheduling Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournaments to meet their budgets. ”

media:
Legalizing Poker in Texas (CBS-42, 04/03/07)

RIT Wants to Toughen Gambling Policy (WHAM-TV, 04/04/07)

Poker Superstars Join Legalization Debate (WOAI, 04/0407)

blog:
I’ll Wager On This (Nervous Rodent, 04/03/07)
“Is online gambling illegal in the United States? The Justice Department says so, citing the Wire Act from 1961. Notably, the Wire Act only prohibits those “in the business of betting or wagering” from doing so, which has been interpreted to mean casual bettors were beyond the reach of the law, while gambling professionals and companies were not. So what happens when offshore gambling establishments allow Americans to log in and play casually over the Net?”

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One response to “Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (4/04/07)

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